A MAN has admitted threatening to petrol bomb the home of a police officer in County Durham.

Ellis Hanley, from Crook, pleaded guilty to five offences when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 20-year-old, of Ullswater Crescent, also admitted to assaulting two PCSOs, who were on duty in Willington, causing criminal damage to a police vehicle and affray.

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One of the charges relates to a threat made by Hanley in Bishop Auckland to carry out a petrol bomb attack on the home and driveway of a third police officer.

All of the charges relate to an incident on May 29.

During the short hearing at Newton Aycliffe, Hanley pleaded guilty to all charges.

He was granted bail and is due to be sentenced at Durham Crown Court on February 8.

District Judge Marie Mallon said: “These offences are too serious to be sentenced in this court so I have committed this case to Durham Crown Court.

“I have asked probation to prepare a report to assist with sentencing.”

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